'The lives of the Russian peasants were transformed in the years 1928 to 1964.' Assess the validity of this view


The years 1928-1964 were a time in which Russia as a nation, faced a total transformation. From changes in economic and political structure, to a complete shift in social order, most aspects of an average citizen's day to day life were totally different. The peasants themselves were arguably the group who felt this change the most; dominating the demographics in 1928, the peasantry were the largest single class group within the nation. While previous attempts during Tsarist Russia, such as the 1961 Emancipation Edict, tried to shift this structure, it wasn't until the industrialisation of the nation, that legitimate change occurred. It was ultimately this industrialisation of Russia that moved many citizens from living rural, agricultural lives to urban working lives.

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